Founder, Chief Executive Officer of Score A Friend, Inc.
Sarah is the Founder of Score A Friend, Inc., and serves as Chief Operating Officer, and consultant to Score A Friend Clubs across the country. Sarah’s twin brother has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and experienced a lack of inclusion in his schools and community. Sarah designed the Score A Friend program to help her brother find a friend and build inclusion in schools for kids of ALL abilities. Sarah has been a Girl Scout since 2005, receiving her Gold Award in 2016 for her design and implementation of Score A Friend. In May of 2016, she was awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize by Girl Scouts of Colorado. In October of 2016, she was awarded the National Young Woman of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of the USA. She was also awarded the 2016 Outstanding Youth Award for National Philanthropy Day in Colorado. She has served on Special Olympics Colorado’s Youth Activation Committee since 2013, and has been actively involved in leading and participating in numerous state wide Special Olympics events. She also serves on the Rose Community Foundation Innovate for Good Grant Review Committee.
Sarah is a senior at Front Range Christian School. She is President of her school’s Score A Friend Club, launching a new Lunch and School Events Buddies program this year, as well as leading Unified Sports programs and Score a Friend Week, a full-school inclusion education and activation program. Her full time self-directed learning project focuses on building Score A Friend, Inc., as well as teaching a Score A Friend Class to elementary students, and implementing Unified Elective Courses. She is a varsity rock climber at her school, and loves all mountain sports. She serves as an annual volunteer to Adam’s Camp, and speaker at school and community sites. Sarah will graduate from high school in 2017, pursuing a college program that will give her the education and skills to build Score A Friend into a successful, global organization.
Hanna will be responsible for the overall operations of the Score A Friend Organization. Hanna is a graduate of Heritage High School and delivered the commencement speech at her graduation. Hanna is active as a public speaker and as a fitness advocate. She is interning at Denver 7 as a reporter for a Saturday morning segment featuring Special Olympic athletes and supporters. Hanna is a member of the State Special Olympics committee organizing events and giving speeches throughout Colorado. She teaches a fitness class for students of all abilities. She is also an ambassador for The Healthy Me Project and for Night Lights. In her free time she enjoys reading, skiing, cycling, swimming, dancing, hiking, watching movies and writing poems.
President, Secretary, Director
Theresa is responsible for the overall operations of the Score A Friend Organization. Theresa is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Nursing, and the University of Colorado with a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing. She is licensed to practice in Colorado and her work experience has focused on services and supports for children with disabilities and their families. Theresa is married and is the parent of boy/girl twins and their younger sister. Theresa has served on various community boards, and in numerous parent volunteer positions at her children’s schools, church, neighborhood and community. She is also experienced as a parent of a child with a disability. Theresa has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 11 years, serving as leader for both of her daughter’s active troops. Theresa has small business aspirations and has recently started two home-based family businesses.
Jack is responsible for the overall financial operations of the Score A Friend Organization. Jack is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He also graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a Senior Business Manager at a Fortune 500 Company and has worked in finance for over 30 years. Jack is married and is the parent of boy/girl twins and their younger sister. Jack has served on various community boards, and in numerous parent volunteer positions at his children’s schools, church, neighborhood and community. He is also experienced as a parent of a child with a disability. Jack has been a Cub Scout Leader and served as an Assistant Troop Leader for Boy Scouts.
Paul will be responsible for overall operations of the organization and will work 5 hours per month on organizational duties. Paul is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with degrees in Finance and Accounting, John Marshall Law School with a law degree, and Washington University with a masters degree in taxation law. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Illinois, and Missouri, and his law practice includes advising nonprofit organizations. Paul has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Paul is married and has a daughter and a son. He is an assistant leader of Cub Scout Pack 559 and is active in community affairs.
Pearl Henderson M.Ed., is an educational therapist and consultant in private practice in the Denver metro area with a collaborative group of professionals who all focus their work on individuals with special needs. Because of her experience and compassionate heart, Pearl sees the need for Score A Friend organizations and activities. Her first teaching job was in Alaska in a classroom of severe needs including several individuals with ASD. Subsequent, varied teaching jobs led to the development of expertise teaching students with a diverse range of needs. Prior to Denver, Pearl lived in Hawaii on the island of Maui, where she founded and directed for 15 years a school for students with a wide range of special needs. Pearl primarily works with individuals who are exceptional in many different ways providing targeted direct instruction intervention, psycho-educational assessments in conjunction with a psychologist, psychiatrists, and/or medical doctors; creation and implementation of educational treatment plans; consult with other providers to coordinate care for individuals; consult regarding school placements and treatment plans; consultation with school district personnel regarding appropriate educational planning and placement; and teacher training for private and public schools. In addition, Pearl’s multidimensional expertise in the field of special education is utilized as expert witness testimony in cases regarding special education programming, educational rights, and family court.